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Book Title: Claire's Head|
The author of the book: Catherine Bush
ISBN 13: 9780771017537
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 840 KB
Edition: McClelland & Stewart
Date of issue: October 4th 2005
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By the acclaimed author of The Rules of Engagement and Minus Time, Claire’s Head is a compulsive, psychologically charged new novel about a migraine sufferer and her search for her missing sister.
On a quiet June morning, Toronto cartographer Claire Barber receives a phone call telling her that her sister Rachel, a freelance medical journalist living in New York, seems to have vanished. Last heard from while on assignment in Montreal, Rachel cancelled a trip to visit her six-year-old daughter, who lives with Claire’s middle sister, in Toronto. Among the many fears that haunt Claire as she begins to track Rachel’s whereabouts is that Rachel’s worsening migraines have pushed her beyond her limits.
As Claire disrupts her orderly life to follow news of Rachel to Montreal, to Amsterdam, to Italy, and, ultimately, to Las Vegas and Mexico in the company of Rachel’s ex-lover, Brad, she enters a world of neurologists and New Age healers. Struggling with her own headaches, Claire embarks on what becomes an emotional journey, one that brings to the fore her parents’ sudden death eight years earlier. It also reveals the heightening tensions in her relationship with her partner, Stefan, portraying along the way long-held secrets from the past as well as the uniquely complex and irreplaceable bond between sisters. What Claire comes to discover will set her life on a new course.
Taking place over one summer, but delving back into the past, Claire’s Head provides both a layered, engrossing story and a meditation on how we live with pain and what we will give up to be free of it, written with all the insight, intelligence, and storytelling artistry for which Catherine Bush’s fiction has come to be known. With this, her third novel, she has once again proved herself to be one of Canadian fiction’s most striking and original voices.
From the Hardcover edition.
Read information about the authorCatherine Bush was born and raised in Toronto, the daughter of a physician and a museum volunteer, and lived there until the age of 18, when she moved to the US to study at Yale University. At Yale, she completed a degree in Comparative Literature, including an undergraduate thesis on Amazons in 16th century literature. For five years in the mid-1980’s, she wrote about dance and performance, freelanced for a running magazine, ghost-authored a romance novel about anthropomorphic bears, ran a successful reading series and lived on New York’s Lower East Side. After spending a fellowship year at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, she returned to Toronto. From 1997-99, she taught Creative Writing at Concordia University in Montreal, and in 2001 was a visiting writer at the University of Florida. She has also taught at the Humber School for Writers and in the University of Guelph's MFA programme. She has been Writer-in-Residence at several universities including McMaster, the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Alberta. She is currently on the faculty of UBC’s low-residency Creative Writing MFA, an adjunct professor in U of T’s Creative Writing MA, and director of the Creative Writing MFA at the University of Guelph. Her nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications including the Globe and Mail and The New York Times Magazine.
Minus Time (1993), her first novel, was published by HarperCollins in Canada, Hyperion in the U.S. and Serpent's Tail in the U.K. It was shortlisted for the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the City of Toronto Book Award.
Her second novel, The Rules of Engagement (2000), was published by HarperCollins in Canada, FSG in the U.S. and Het Spectrum in Holland, and in French by Editions Triptyche. Also shortlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award, it was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by the LA Times and the Globe and Mail. It has been optioned for film by producer Julia Keatley and is available as an audiobook from Goose Lane.
Catherine Bush's third novel, Claire's Head (2004) is published by McClelland & Stewart in Canada. Shortlisted for the Trillium Award, it was also chosen as a Best Book of the Year by the Globe and Mail, and has been released in a revised paperback edition.
Catherine Bush lives in Toronto and is working on a new novel.
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